The political and legal fight against Israel in the UN and other institutions State of Israel


29 and 30 March 2023

29 March 2023: Omniversum, The Hague

30 March 2023: The Hague and Israel Centre, Nijkerk

Background

This year the Jewish State of Israel celebrates its 75th birthday. Israel is one of the most successful nations on earth, the only well-functioning democracy in the Middle East, and a major contributor to global innovation, regional prosperity and security, while many parts of the region are in chaos and war. 

And yet Israel’s legitimacy and sovereignty are under attack as no other nation. International law is engaged daily as an instrument to demonize and undermine the Jewish State of Israel.

This conference addresses the treatment of the State of Israel and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within the UN and related institutions. There are serious problems to be discussed:  

  • there are more condemnatory resolutions adopted every year in the UN against Israel than against any other state, 
  • Israel is a permanent agenda item of the UN Human Rights Council, 
  • the UN Human Rights Council established the most expansive and expensive Commission of Inquiry ever – to investigate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,
  • the role of the International Criminal Court in the context of UN bias against Israel.

How is the recent request by the UN General Assembly for an Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice to be evaluated? 

What will you receive

At this conference, leading experts in international law and international relations will explain and unpack the main legal and political issues affecting Israel and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Registered participants will receive an Israel on Trial Conference book containing summaries of all lectures and workshops.

The goal of this conference is to provide insight into the main legal and political aspects of the role of the UN in relation to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the threats this poses to the sovereignty of the State of Israel, and what can be done to challenge these threats.

Speakers include:

  • Hillel Neuer (UN Watch)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bock (University Giessen, thinc.)
  • Andrew Tucker (thinc.)
  • Natasha Hausdorff (Barrister & UK Lawyers for Israel)
  • Prof. Gregory Rose (University Wollongong, thinc.)
  • Prof. Robbie Sabel (Hebrew University)
  • Dr. Dov Jacobs (University of Leiden)
  • Dr. Matthijs de Blois (thinc.)
  • Prof. Steven Zipperstein (UCLA) 
  • Hussein Aboubakr Mansour (StandWithUs, EMET)
  • Johannes de Jong (Sallux) 
  • Josh Reinstein (Israel Allies Foundation)
  • Anne Herzberg (NGO Monitor)
  • Dina Rovner (UN Watch) 

Program

Wednesday 29 March 9am – 7pm

Plenary Session:

  • the role and status of the United Nations under international law and the position of Israel in the United Nations 
  • the historical and legal foundations of the State of Israel
  • Arab/Palestinian opposition to the Jewish nation during the Mandate period and thereafter
  • current trends in international law affecting Israel and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
  • the failure of the EU’s Two-state policy
  • the legal status of the Oslo Accords, the PLO and the Palestinian Authority
  • the legal, political and cultural reasons for failure of the “two-state solution” 
  • the current role played by the UN institutions and International Criminal Court

Break-out Sessions

  • Session 1: Possible new ways for dealing with the Palestinian-Israel conflict and for a brighter future of the Middle East  
    • Session 2: The role of the International Court of Justice in conflict resolution 
    • Session 3: “Ending impunity”: how the Palestinians’ instrumentalization of international institutions including the International Criminal Court is hindering peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
    • Session 4: Why the UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry into the Palestinian-Israeliconflict is illegal and must be disbanded

Refreshments, lunch and drinks 

“Jerusalem” 3D film in Omniversum

Reception 

Thursday 30th March 9am – 4pm

Plenary Session:

  • The concept of self-determination 
  • The “apartheid” claim 

Short bus tour in The Hague to the see the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice

Visit to the Israel Centre in Nijkerk

Refreshments and lunch 

Seminar: How the UN’s discriminatory treatment of Israel is empowering the BDS movement and delegitimization of Israel at the national level

Conference fee

The fee for this two-day conference is €250 per participant –

  • includes lunches (29th and 30th March), refreshments, conference materials, transportation in The Hague and to Nijkerk 
  • excludes accommodation and travel to/from The Netherlands

Group discount available on request. 

Registration

To register for the conference, please go to:

After you have registered you will receive an e-mail with an invoice. This can take up to two weeks.

More information and inquiries

Contact us at: info@thinc.info 

This conference is organized by The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.) and Christians for Israel (C4I) 

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